Walla Walla Valley Wine

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Walla Walla is a wine region within Columbia Valley that straddles both Oregon and Washington. Wine-making began in the mid-1800s, when an influx of pioneers, many of them Italian immigrants, who first settled in the area for the burgeoning fur trade and the Idaho gold rush. Though the commercial wine industry didn’t catch on in the region until the 1950s when the Pesciallo family established Blue Mountain Vineyards, the first in the region since the Prohibition. 

By the 1970s, wine-makers could see the potential for greatness thanks to climate conditions conducive to long growing seasons. The Cascade Mountain forms a natural rain shadow that protects the region, resulting in hot days and cool nights. There are a variety of terroirs extending through the region from the Blue Mountains downward. Glacial melt from the time of the Ice Age has left a deposit of rich, grape-friendly silt in much of the growing region. Walla Walla was granted AVA status in 1984. 
 
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Varietals Produced in Walla Walla Valley View all

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Popular Wineries in Walla Walla Valley View all

  • Bunchgrass Winery

    In the early 1980’s, Roger Cockerline became interested in growing wine grapes and planted a smal...

  • Fort Walla Walla Cellars

    Fort Walla Walla Cellars’ downtown tasting room is located at 127 E Main, on the corner of Main S...

  • Beresan Winery

    Located in the world-renowned Walla Walla Valley appellation, Beresan Winery takes pride in produ...

  • Spring Valley Vineyard

    Spring Valley Vineyard is situated 12 miles northeast of Walla Walla, spread amid the picturesque...

  • L'Ecole No 41

    L'Ecole Nº 41 has been producing premium, handcrafted varietal wines in the Walla Walla Valley...

  • Otis Kenyon Wine

    Otis Kenyon Wine is a family owned and managed winery with deep historical ties to the Walla Wall...

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Walla Walla Valley on Snooth

  • Gramercy Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Smells really Cabernet like recalling Napa cabernets of the 1970s. Its a little smokey, blackcurrant and black cherry toned on the nose with a fine base of savory herbs, tobacco, tea, and old wood nuance. Big, round, soft tannins lend this a lovely feel, and it displays gorgeous floral framed blackberry and black currant fruit on the palate. T... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gramercy Cellars Syrah Walla Walla Valley 2011

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    Crushed rock, ink, and herb stem come together on the nose in a very floral almost vegetal way. Air brings out white pepper nuance, lots of India ink, a little middle eastern spice, juniper and burnt roast beef aromas. soft on entry, this shows off nicely ripe tannins that are quite polished supporting bright fruit, almost black currant toned fr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gramercy Cellars l'Idiot du Village Columbia Valley 2010

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    80% Syrah, 12% Mourvedre, 4% Grenache, 4% CinsaultWith the 2011 vintage this is becoming a blend based on at least 75% MourvedreFunky and savory on the nose this is filled with umami driven aromas of dried beef, a little fish sauce, and Parmesan. Air brings out lots of cracked black peppery-ness along with dark fruit, violets, and salty, mineral... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Seven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley Seven Hills Vineyard Reserve 2010

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    From vines at fire Ridge and the old blocks of Seven Hills Vineyard. Just the 9th time this has been produced since 19888Slightly candied dark fruit greets the nose followed by cherries in alcohol, hints of cocoa, mineral, and sandy, and strong herbal and graphite accents. On the palate theres an early blast of hard oak, all vanilla and chocola... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Seven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley Seven Hills Vineyard 2011

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    Off the bat this shows lovely nuance with blue flowers, fine wild berry fruit, hints of juniper, black cherry, game, root beer and black pepper, with just a nuance of tobacco. Lovely and bright in the mouth, this shows gorgeous balance with tannins that show the slightest youthful edge but remain covered by masses of blue edged plummy fruit, bl... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Seven Hills Winery Riesling Columbia Valley 2011

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    A bit candied on the nose and just a touch funky, reduced though with air this begins to reveal layers of earthy, minty, camphor and chalky aromas. A bit sweet on entry, though with plenty of zesty acids adding zip to the slightly exotic flavors of a little strawberry fruit, then a hint of mango. More interesting than your typical citrus bomb,... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Radius Wines Red Blend Walla Walla Valley 2011

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    Wine review by khardman00


  • Crystal Creek Cellars Riesling 2012

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    My Rating 89: Fresh lean body, not too sweet just right Applely aromas. Nose nice ,long fruity complex. easy drinkable. Another fine product from ALDI Read More

    Wine review by Wolle


  • Radius Wines Merlot Walla Walla Valley 2010

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    Wine review by tpcello7


  • Drinking a nice Washington Syrah tonight from Dunham.  100% Syrah sourced from several vineyards: Lewis (Yakima Valley AVA), Frenchtown (Dunham estate vineyard in Walla Walla), Double River  (Walla Walla AVA) and Phinny Hill (Horse Heaven Hills AVA)Walla Walla and Horse Heaven Hills are pretty hot.  Yakima Valley is cooler, but just about anypla... Read More

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